Tibetan Monks Create Sand Mandala at Clark College in Vancouver, WA

Tibetan Monks Create Sand Mandala at Clark College in Vancouver, WA


For four days, a group of visiting Tibetan
monks created a sand mandala in Clark College’s Cannell Library. From memory, they recreated a pattern called
“Buddha of Compassion,” which is believed to bring compassion to our entire region. On the final day, the monks sweep up the sand
mandala, which is meant to symbolize the impermanence of existence. Some of the sand gets scattered into a nearby
river, but most of it is given to people who have witnessed this ceremony.

26 thoughts on “Tibetan Monks Create Sand Mandala at Clark College in Vancouver, WA

  1. They have patience indeed because I would have been upset to go through all of that work in making that thing just for them to sweep it up lol

  2. wow! I just came back from a green tara sand mandala destruction and puja. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JHchdQ0Y6U

  3. It's funny how the people kept some sand as a souvenir although one thought of mandala ritual is to show that nothing is forever and that it's unhelpful to attach to anything even if its beautiful.

  4. (trying to study in quiet library)
    monks: TCHKTCHKTCHKTCHKTCHKTCHKTCHKTCHKTCHKTCHKTCHKTCHKTCHKTCHKTCHKTCHKTCHKTCHK

  5. To go to all that effort, just to sweep it up πŸ™„ at least look at it for afew days first. I bet the monk who spent time sorting all that sand into separate colours would sob each time they mix it all up 😨

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